Archive for June 17th, 2018

June 17 Energy News

June 17, 2018


¶ “Full Fledged 5 Alarm Climate Emergency In Antarctica” • Abusing the Earth is finally having the effects scientists have been warning us about for decades. But as the Earth burns, our leaders have fiddled, frittering away nearly every chance to rein in the destruction before it is too late. Now the point of no return may be upon us. [CleanTechnica]

Crack in the ice (Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Science and Technology:

¶ Climate change could be accelerating a rise in sea levels more than previously thought, researchers have found. A study by an international team of polar scientists has discovered that the process of warmer ocean water destabilising ice shelves from below is also cracking them apart from above, increasing the chance they’ll break off. []


¶ Having come through the crisis a decade ago, Iceland is now enjoying an economic revival, with technology, renewable energy and tourism replacing the unsustainable boom in banking. Visitor numbers have quadrupled and output per head is among the strongest in Europe. The employment rate is the highest in the world. [The Guardian]

Reykjavik, a technology incubator (Photo: Alamy)

¶ China fired back in a spiraling trade dispute with President Donald Trump by raising import duties on a $34 billion list of American goods including soybeans, electric cars, and whiskey. The Chinese government said it was responding in “equal scale” to Trump’s tariff hike in a conflict over Beijing’s trade surplus and technology policy. []

¶ The Indian city of Chennai has the potential to harness solar energy enough to reduce the demand by at least 20% says a report by Greenpeace India and Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute. The report found that the total rooftop potential of the city was 1,380 MW and that at least 46% can come from residential areas. [Deccan Chronicle]

Chennai vendor (Photo: PlaneMad, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ RES has broken ground on a 10-MW battery storage project in Germany. It is building the facility, with funding from the EU and supported by the state of Schleswig-Holstein, for German utility VBB. The project will provide grid stabilisation and back-up power to the Bordesholm area in the event of a network failure or disruption. [Energy Live News]

¶ The US split from other Group of 20 member countries over the future of the coal industry and the 2015 Paris climate accord. At a press conference at the close of the G-20 meeting of energy ministers in Bariloche, Argentina, Germany’s director of energy policy Thorsten Herdan said G-20 member countries “have to get out of coal.” [The Japan News]

Ash ponds at a West Virginia coal plant (AP file photo)

¶ China’s Silk Road Fund Co is investing in the world’s largest solar thermal plant, which is under development in Dubai, an executive said. The project is being built by Riyadh-based Acwa Power International and Shanghai Electric Group Co Ltd. Its planned capacity is 700 MW, and it is expected to cost $3.9 billion to build. [The National]

¶ The No 2 reactor at Taiwan’s Second Nuclear Power Plant in northern Taiwan was brought to operate at full capacity, the Taiwan Power Co said. It was the first time in more than two years that the reactor has operated at full capacity. It went offline in May 2016 following a glitch in its electrical system during major maintenance work. [Taiwan News]

Kuosheng Nuclear Power Plant (Wikimedia Commons)


¶ Research by two Harvard University scientists concluded that the Trump administration’s environmental policies could result in an additional 80,000 deaths per decade. The research, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, examined the health impacts of the EPA’s policies on toxic chemicals and air pollutants. [The Hill]

¶ For a split-second after the demolition plunger went down, the cooling towers at St Johns River Power Park stood as if they would remain for 30 more years as Jacksonville landmarks. Then the burst of 1,500 pounds of dynamite ripped through them, and they collapsed into dust. From the crowd, a child’s voice called out: “Do it again.” [The Florida Times-Union]

Cooling towers being blasted (Bob Self | Florida Times Union)

¶ Entergy New Orleans may not have directly paid actors to support its controversial proposal to build a $210 million gas-fired power plant in the city. But it did pay contractors thousands of dollars to recruit and educate supporters on the value of its proposal, with the goal of mimicking, as one consultant put it, an “organic” effort. [The Advocate]

¶ New York Governor Andrew M Cuomo announced that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority received a $18.5 million DOE grant to lead a national research and development consortium for the offshore wind industry. The consortium will be supported by a public-private partnership and will include other states. [STL.News]

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